A few days ago, I attended an early press screening for The LEGO Ninjago Movie and here’s a non-spoiler review of the film. After the box office hits for The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, I didn’t know if it could live up to the expectations the previous films did.
The story itself focuses on Lloyd and Garmadon for a majority of the movie which has been referenced in the trailers and promotional products. Dave Franco did a decent job voicing Lloyd while Justin Theroux captured Garmadon perfectly. Gone was the serious Garmadon from the animated TV series and in comes a lighthearted yet fearsome portrayal of the character. The other ninjas were in a number of scenes but to me, they are more secondary characters behind La-Lloyd. Since this is a Ninjago movie, I would’ve thought they would add more to the story but it seemed that they were thrown to the wayside. The other characters that sort of stood out a bit more than the other ninjas were Master Wu and and Koko.
The animation was better than I expected. The sequences with the mechs and vehicles were really good and it does make the sets pop out a lot more. The action scenes were top-notch and there were easter eggs paying homage to the old school kung-fu movies. One thing that seemed a little off was that the movie does not use all brick elements to make. The water, beach sand, and grass was just some of the things that aren’t made from LEGO elements which kind of threw me off just a bit.
Overall, I would rate The LEGO Ninjago Movie a solid 7/10. Although it was a good movie, it wasn’t as good as The LEGO Movie or The LEGO Batman Movie. The action scenes were very well done but the story itself may have dragged on a bit longer than it should have. There is a lot of humor throughout and some of the jokes may go over kids heads. Kids will enjoy it as a lot who were at the theater with me did. For AFOLs, go in with low expectations and you’ll be surprised. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is in theaters this Friday, September 22. Stay tuned as I will be comparing the sets that we have now to what I saw in the movie and see if they are a good representation.
Thank you to Warner Bros. for allowing me to see the movie ahead of time.